Religion/State Run Amok Hand in Hand

Here’s a good example of the marriage of religion and state and what can happen after the wedding. Six murderers just had their convictions overturned by the Iranian Supreme Court. Members of the Basiji Force, which sounds suspiciously like state sponsored vigilantes, take it upon themselves to decide when certain citizens are “morally corrupt”. And what do they get to do once they’ve made this pronouncement? Report them to the authorities, you say? Guess again. They get to kill them.

And what do these hapless citizens do to deserve such a fate?

“The last victims, for example, were a young couple engaged to be married who the killers claimed were walking together in public.”

Hmmm. Sounds like they deserved it.

It does appear that there is an active discussion of this in Iranian circles, however. There are Iranians, according to the story, that seem to be against the practice, and are upset about the Supreme Court ruling. I’m not going to hold my breath, however, where a society continues to hold their women in such low regard. Apparently, if they make a mistake, these vigilantes only have to pay blood money to the family, but…

“This year it is $40,000 if the victim is a Muslim man, and half that for a Muslim woman or a non-Muslim.”